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El Paso Electric Chooses Feeder Automation Scheme

El Paso Electric has chosen Efacec ACS’ FASTapps technology. FASTapps (Feeder Automation and Substation Technology applications) is a flexible substation-based solution for improving network performance, reliability and efficiency through self-healing feeders.

FASTapps features:

  • FASTapps easily adapts to any abnormal network configuration in real–time – no pre-defined scripts or programming is required.
  • Works with existing switches, controllers and protection schemes - leveraging existing infrastructure.
  • Expands easily to a large number of feeders or devices.
  • Slashes restoration times to less than 20 seconds, dramatically improving key performance indices.

El Paso Electric has embarked on a key smart grid project to implement distribution automation, funded partially through a smart grid stimulus grant agreement signed with the DOE in April of this year. The second phase of the project, slated for 2011, will include a distribution management system with feeder automation for the Van Horn region in EE’s Texas service territory.

El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico. El

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